Zen and the Art of Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel
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Zen and the Art of Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel (Dark Ones #6)

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Is it possible to love two vampires at the same time?

View our feature on Katie MacAlister’s Zen and the Art of Vampires.

Pushing forty and alone, Pia Thomason heads to Europe on a singles tour, hoping to find romance. What she finds are two very handsome, very mysterious, and very undead men. And she learns that where vampires are concerned, love isn’t the only thing at sta...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Signet (first published December 1st 2008)
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Gavin
This was a humorous and lighthearted PNR tale. Pia Thompson is on a singles trip around Europe when she becomes caught up in the battle between the Dark Ones (vampires) and the Brotherhood (a crazed cult). A case of mistaken identity finds her being mistaken as the new Zorya of the Brotherhood. Pia's new position gives her powers to see ghosts but also the responsibility to help them cross to Heaven. What ensues is a fun fast paced tale full of humor, action, mystery, and a tad of romance.

I lov...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Humpf! I've been a reader of Katie MacAlister's 'Dark Ones' series--a lighthearted take on vampires--since it began. These are some very sexy vamps, but they don't have most of the supernatural powers other writers have given to their vamps. They are pretty much a group of people like others, although extremely long-lived to be sure. Those without a soul are looking for their Beloved, the one woman who can return their soul to them...but most believe a Beloved is a lot like the tooth fairy or Sa...more
Terra
Zen And The Art of Vampires is a fantastic paranormal cozy mystery with a dash of romance to enhance the flavor. Yumm!! Katie is at her best here again and can't wait for the next book.

Pia Thompson is on a man hunting vacation. She is taking a singles' tour through Europe in hopes for finding someone who will spark her fires. She not's the usual skinny pretty woman that any man would drool over but instead she is a plain jane and has some meat on her bones. At least there is enough of her for a...more
Chessa
Dec 16, 2008 Chessa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Katie MacAlister, MaryJanice Davidson
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Desinka
First read and reread: 2012
Second reread: June 2014

This proves to be an all time time favourite. When I read this book for the first time, I thought it was the best PNR romance of all times. Since then I've read a good number of PNR romances but Pia and Kristoff are still one of my all time favourite couples. The story is light-hearted and fun and the outcome of the romance, though a bit predictable is quite sweet and touching.

Even though the story has its flaws and some of the happenings are p...more
Janet
I stayed awake all last night reading this book. Katie's books are always the perfect escape for me. I was supposed to be studying for a philosophy test, but, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....boring! So I opted for this instead. (btw, I aced the test anyway!)

As always, I was not disappointed. BUT, do you know what that little Katie went and did? She didn't wrap things up all nice and tidy at the end. She left me (and our heroine) wanting! There's a sequel that won't be out until May!!!!! How ever will...more
Lisa
I love all her books, they're funny, romantic, serious, mysterious, and sometimes suspenseful. This is a very quick read and has some good twists and turns. I have to say I wasn't all that impressed with the new plot themes, that of the Brotherhood, and the Ilargi, but overall it was definitely worth it.
JazzRizz
I liked this book a lot, but the cliff hanger at the end is what prevented a 5-star rating. I was so frustrated at the end of this book . . . I can hardly wait for the next book to come out.
Beth
This was awesome! Funny, sexy and interesting. Great read! I cannot wait to see what happens with Pia next!!
Carrie
Eh. I don't have any idea what the title had to do with the content of the book, other than "vampires."
Romance Novel TV
Zen and the Art of Vampires: 4.5 stars
Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Stacey Agdern

In a climate where authorial desire for innovation and reader expectations have clashed in very notable ways, Katie MacAlister’s latest ‘Dark Ones’ novels stand out as examples of how best to deal with both concepts and come out with a home run.

No matter how many times people try to deny it, both authorial desire for innovation and reader expectations, are necessary and important parts of the au...more
Lydia
Liked this a lot. Might have enjoyed it more if had read any of the books before it in series. It's #7. contrary to some readers I find it refreshing and awesome that Katie MacAlister's heroines obsess about their figures. It adds character, diversity and a bit of much needed reality to the paranormal romance genre. It is incredibly important that romance and fantasy authors utilise diverse men and women in their books in order for people to feel good about themselves.

Socially, it has been prov...more
Cindy
The story arc continues into 'Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang' which is due out in May. The hero and heroine are mated but not together at the end of this book, which I find annoying. If I had realized, I would have simply waited for the next book and read them together - I don't deal with 'serialized' stuff well.

As for the portion of the story you do get - I happen to be reading some of Viehl's Darkyn books at the same time, so the parallels of frothing fanatics wanting to torture, maim and dest...more
Katy-Del
I have always liked the Dark Ones Novels. Katie puts in a lot of humor and there are often what I would refer to as a Lucy Situations (I have those occasionally and I relate to characters that do to.) But the books had all had a formulaic feel. (Heroine meets tall, gorgeous stranger, girl doesn't like or trust stranger, but is still deeply attracted, girl and stranger are plunged into peril and bond, fool around, discover girl is the Beloved who gives stranger his soul, couple lives happily ever...more
Debbie
I loved this book and think I found a new series to catch up on. It's apparently a part of the Dark Ones series and the next one is due out in May. I can't wait as you are sort of left at a cliff hanger at the end of the book and I really want to know what happens. I kind of wonder if Magda is really who she says she is? Seems like she was too good to be true but you never know. Pia cracks me up and I can totally related to being the "big" girl and I am glad she actually ends up with several guy...more
Lori Whitwam
The latest in the series of the Dark Ones, and the women destined to be their Beloveds, the ones who can redeem their souls.
Pia is nearing 40, and on a singles tour of Europe. She is mistaken for the reaper (who can usher souls to the afterlife) of a strange religious group, then the real one is found dead in her bathroom, sending her on the run and straight into the arms of TWO Dark Ones, who are mortal enemies of this religious group.
She's the Beloved of one, but which?
Who can she trust?
And w...more
Heather Tisdale
2.5 ish.
I think most of this series just gets boring after a while since it seems to be rather repetative so I stopped reading it for a while. When I finally picked it up again it was because I needed a book that started with the letter Z for a challenge. This one is not great, but it stood out for me because it was different in some ways. Apparently the main character will be in the next story. I appreciate that the book ended the way it did because it took away a lot of the predictability fac...more
Allison
No deep soul-searching here, just good ol' fashioned fun :) Well, with vampires... and ghosts... and crazy religious cults. Don't forget the super hot vampire sex! Read this on a plane trip and it was perfect. Being an fan of steamy bodice rippers in my youth, I recognized the formula for a good girl meets bad boy romance but hey, I don't want rocket science here, I want something to keep me occupied while I'm hurling through the sky in a tin can. I was not disappointed :) You won't be either if...more
Jessica
I have always enjoyed Ms. Katie Mac's books. I can honestly say that I have yet to be disappointed by anything she writes.

Zen and the Art of Vampires was no exception. It was humorous... romantic... full of adventure and hot guys! ... and my favorite part - the heroine wasn't a size 2 runway model, but instead an average woman!

Now I'm waiting on the edge of my seat for the next one to come out! Crouching Vampire, Hidden fang, the sequel to Zen and the Art of Vampires, is set for release in May...more
Kimchi
I didnt like that the book didnt finish. It sucks when you have to wait for the conclusion of the first book. I also wasn't a fan of her having to decide between two men instead of having a like for the man she was suppose to love.
Leigh
I can't say I liked this book much. I like Katie Mac and all, but I'm a little tired of her heroines obsessing about a few extra pounds for the ENTIRE book. Pia just came off as whiny and I didn't care much for her at all.
Jean
I've enjoyed Katie's books, but the ditzy heroine who stumbles her way around is getting old. I skipped to the back and was annoyed to find that it continues into the next book.
Annie
i can't say how annoyed i was to reach the end of this book and find out that the story wasn't over. be warned, it's at least a two parter
Kathy Kennedy
I walked into the library the other day and I saw this book in large print. I picked it up and briefly looked over it. Like most trips to the library I pick up a stack that looks interesting and then move on to filter through them when I get home.
So, I really didn't know what to expect when I started to read. After about fifty pages into the book I realized this was not my type of read. It was dry and more on the end of romantic fantasy and supernatural. Well, a little more explicit then I had a...more
Laura
Pia is a great character and I truly enjoyed reading about her. I also enjoyed the fact that book 2 will be out in May! I love a series!
Pia is hoping to find true love on a singles tour of romantic Europe. While in Iceland, she accidentally finds herself in possession of book and a moonstone bracelet. The owner of the bracelet is called a Zorya and is charged with the task of taking ghosts to heaven. Along the way, she gets involved with a cult and meets a few vampires. Alex and Kristoff are bo...more
Lisa Weber
I really enjoyed Katie MacAlister's Dragon series, so I had high hopes when I bumped into this book, but it seemed pretty much a flop to me. I don't mind her flighty main characters and their bumbling around in strange paranormal worlds. I like her sense of humor and playfulness, and I always love her hot romantic scenes. This book though, seemed a downgrade from others I've read. The plot came across to me as pretty silly, the main character as whiny, the cults as somewhat repulsive, and I foun...more
ErinReadsTooMuch
This was a pretty fun book. I am noticing that MacAlister likes to use female leads that are not your typical beauties. In this case, the main character, Pia, is a 39 year old, "big boned", single woman on tour through Europe with a Singles Tour Group. She stumbles upon a secret society that "purifies" Vampires, is blamed for murder, meets a couple of hot Vampires, and starts being followed around by ghosts. The ghosts provide most of the funny dialogue in this book, and her two Vampires are awe...more
A.Lux
(2.5)MacAlister’s Zen and the Art of Vampires had been nothing like what I expected it to be at all. It had a completely different and some-what refreshing intake, plot wise. The fact that it had little romance disappointed me, the hero(s) and heroine seemed a bit thrown together. Pia pushing forty wasn’t as mature as I expected her to be either at least where it concerned about her weight. People have insecurities whether they are old or young but she seemed to constantly dwell on her big boned...more
Teresa Kleeman
This book is so comical and such a good read. The book is about Pia, a lady whose a little pudgy and is not real comfortable on how she looks. In a way she feels why men don't really see her is because she's fat.
Pia lives in the Northwest and runs a no kill shelter for older pets. She decides she's going on a singles tour that takes her to Iceland. While on this tour she meets Magda, a curvy, voluptious Spanish lady who instantly bonds with Pia. Pia has a lot of fun with Magda. While at a festiv...more
(´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´)
Zen And The Art of Vampires is a fantastic paranormal cozy mystery with a dash of romance to enhance the flavor. Yumm!! Katie is at her best here again and can't wait to read the next book.
Pia Thompson is on a man hunting vacation. She is taking a singles' tour through Europe in hope of finding someone who will spark her fires. She not's the usual skinny pretty woman that any man would drool over but instead is a plain jane and has some meat on her bones. At least there is enough of her for a m...more
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